NHL Hockey

Final 1 2 3 Tot
Los Angeles 0 1 1 2
Minnesota 0 0 1 1
5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET23:00 BRT, January 26, 2021
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota  Attendance: 0

Kings looking to settle score with Wild

Los Angeles Kings at Minnesota Wild

  1. These teams opened the season with a two-game series in Los Angeles and the Wild won both games in overtime. The Wild have won six of the last eight against the Kings including each of the last three in Minnesota.
  2. The Kings have scored at least one power-play goal in five of their six games this season. The last time they had at least six PPG through six games was in their Stanley Cup-winning 2011-12 season (also 6).
  3. The Wild have the third-most power-play opportunities this season with 27 but have converted just twice. The last team with 27+ power-play chances and two or fewer power-play goals through six games was Philadelphia in 2013-14 (also 2-for-27).
  4. Anze Kopitar has had multiple assists in four of his six games this season and leads the NHL with nine. The last Kings skater with at least nine assists through six team games was Zigmund Palffy in 2003-04 (10).
  5. Zach Parise had three points in the two-game series against the Sharks last week after going pointless in his first four games. Parise has failed to tally a point in six straight games against the Kings, tied for his second-longest pointless streak against any opponent (7 straight vs. Flames from 2016-2019).
  6. Los Angeles is outscoring its opponents 11-4 in the second period, second best behind Montreal (13-4). Minnesota has been outscored 8-3 in the second period, third worst in the league.

After opening the season with a pair of heartbreaking losses to the Minnesota Wild, the Los Angeles Kings are looking for revenge when they visit the Wild on Tuesday in St. Paul, Minn.

The first two meetings between the West Division rivals played out in near-identical fashion, much to the Kings' chagrin. Both games saw Los Angeles take a 3-1 lead into the third period, only for the Wild to tie the score in regulation and then strike in overtime for a 4-3 result.

Minnesota seemed to have another comeback stirring Sunday against the San Jose Sharks, as the Wild recovered from another 3-1 deficit in the second period to equalize the game. This time, however, San Jose's Brent Burns and Matthew Nieto each scored in the last two minutes to hand the Wild a 5-3 loss.

"It's hard to come back," said Minnesota forward Nick Bjugstad, who scored his first goal of the season in Sunday's contest. "It does show that we're resilient and we're keeping it positive and doing our best to come back. But more often than not, we can't put ourselves in those situations and expect to win games."

The Kings, meanwhile, are coming off their best overall performance of the season. Six different players recorded goals for Los Angeles as the Kings rolled to a 6-3 road win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.

"All three zones were solid, we were skating, there was a tenacity to us, we were responsible," Kings head coach Todd McLellan said. "I thought this was the first time we took the game to a team rather than receiving it."

Anze Kopitar had two assists against the Blues and also scored his first goal of the season. Kopitar is off to a hot start, with a team-leading 10 points (one goal, nine assists).

Both Kopitar (one goal, seven assists) and linemate Adrian Kempe (three goals, two assists) are on four-game point streaks.

Jonathan Quick is the Kings' probable starter in net on Tuesday. Quick is 2-0-2 in four starts this season.

With Cam Talbot questionable due to a lower-body injury, Kaapo Kahkonen will likely again step in as Minnesota's starting goaltender. Kahkonen has looked good in 158 minutes of action this season, recording a .921 save percentage and 2.27 goals-against average.

Kirill Kaprizov was the star of the Wild's first win over the Kings on Jan. 14, recording two assists and scoring the overtime winner. The rookie forward has six points (one goal, five assists) over his first six NHL games.

Nico Sturm (illness) has missed the Wild's last two games, which led the team to deploy a lineup of 11 forwards and seven defensemen. It isn't known if Sturm will return for Tuesday, or if the Wild will dress a 12th forward if he continues to be absent.

The Wild have one of the NHL's best penalty-killing units, with only two goals allowed from 20 opponents' power plays. By contrast, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league standings with the extra attacker, scoring just twice during 27 power-play chances.

The Kings and Wild also play Thursday in St. Paul. The two clubs play eight times this season, all before the end of February.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 25, 2021

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